It’s one of our most favorite times of the year again! Each year, February is recognized as National Children’s Dental Health Month, and that’s definitely a cause our pediatric dental office in Wichita can get behind — it is what we do, after all!
What is Children’s Dental Health Month?
Hosted by the American Dental Association (ADA), Children’s Dental Health Month serves to bring attention to the importance of dental care for kids. Every year there’s a new theme complete with fun activities to help children learn how to care for their smiles and why keeping a healthy mouth is crucial for a healthy life.
This year, the focus is on our favorite beverage of choice, water, and why it’s great for growing smiles. There are plenty of educational tools and things just for kids including:
- Coloring Sheets
- A Complete Planning Guide
- And More!
Just head over to the ADA website to check them out. The best part? They’re free!
What Else Can You Do?
Dental health for kids isn’t something that’s only important in February. Education and proper dental health should be an ongoing effort for parents. There are several things you can do year-round to continue making learning about dental health fun.
- Chart & Stickers. Have your child earn fun stickers for brushing twice a day for at least two minutes.
- Watch Videos. There are multiple cartoons and children’s shows that talk about healthy smiles. Even YouTube is packed with educational videos on dental health. From how to brush your teeth to being comfortable at the dentist, you’re sure to find something resonates with your little one.
- Pick Up a Book. Reading stories is a great way to capture and keep your child’s attention. Find a few kid-friendly books about dental health with loveable characters and make story time a regular thing. Bonus! Reading also helps develop reading and comprehension skills.
Starting kids off with good oral hygiene practices is the best way to ensure a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. Make dental care and learning the importance of proper oral hygiene fun by following the tips above and visiting our Wichita pediatric dental office regularly.
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